Page 252. " Not that your girl's dart would've left a resurrection crew with much to work with. Shellfish toxin. "
Creative Commons AttributionNoctiluca - Credit: Maria Antónia Sampayo

Bioluminescent Dinoflagellates, also known as Red Tide, cause Neurotoxic Shellfish poisoning.


Page 253. " a catatonic fortress named Corto "
Le psychiatre
Public DomainLe psychiatre - Credit: Jeylina Ever

Catatonia is a symptom of schizophrenia. Conditions include rigid unresponsive poses, repetitive movements, loss of motor skills or even hyperactive motor activity. 

Schizophrenia is characterized by delusions, hallucinations, paranoia.

Page 255. " Maelcum executed the passage with balletic grace "

Public DomainAstronaut-in-space - Credit: NASA
A spacewalk in the airless reaches of space.


Page 258. " The chattering stopped "

 The lovely sound of a dot matrix printer...

Page 265. " Phobic vision of the hatching wasps, time-lapse machine gun of biology. "
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeDrohnenpuppen - Credit: Waugsberg


Page 267. " It began to advance, across the bridge built by Kuang Grade Mark Eleven and Case saw that it was walking. "
Vishnu and his Avatars
Creative Commons AttributionVishnu and his Avatars - Credit: KaDeWeGirl

Avatar derives from Sanskrit: avatra, meaning descent of the God Vishnu into human appearance. 

In Second Life, the virtual online world, an avatar is a representation of a user's chosen virtual appearance.

Page 270. " La mariée mise a nu par ses célibataries, meme "
DuChamp LargeGlass
Public DomainDuChamp LargeGlass - Credit: Marcel Duchamp

The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even

Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968

All the figures seem to have anthropomorphic features: the bride's suspended body protected by a shell or nest, and the bachelor rods/tubes/disks gliding around a chocolate grinder.

In his notes, some ideas appear about the components of the Large Glass: "slow life, vicious circle, onanism...eccentrics", "wasp" and "sex cylinder."